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1. Posted by Tony Pham (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Tony Pham has indicated that this thread is about Vietnam

We plan to travel Vietnam in May 2006 and find some suitable tours in some local travel websites: www.vietnamhotel-link.com.vn and www.vietnamtravelgroup.com. Anyone had toured with them? any suggestion appreciated.

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 10y

If this is not in fact an email to try and advertise your partner companies, I haven't travelled with them and would not dream of doing so with such expensive prices on the one site that does have prices. Vietnam Travel Group, looks like a bit of a dodgy, because they don't even have the price on the few tours I looked at. Incase this is not a SPAM post, it seems pretty easy to do the arranging yourself when you get to Vietnam. From what I have seen when looking at tours on Vietnam, most of the time it works out way cheaper to arrange it yourself over there (according to the most recent LP guide), than a lot of these tour companies are charging. One similar to what I am going to do myself was going to cost $1960US and I am planning on doing it far more thoroughly for less than $300US by doing the arranging by myself when I get there. So if in fact you really are from Australia and are asking this question legitimately, I would suggest not to book with either of them, the one that does have prices seems way too expensive.

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

Well, what do you know.... the posters email address actually belongs to one of the companies he's asking about. Now isn't it a little bit dim of Tony not to know about his own companies????

Membership Inactivated.

4. Posted by danalasta (Respected Member 519 posts) 10y

Sam,

I am always suspicious of first timers who post such queries/suggestions...easy to read between the lines! They never give up, do they?
dana

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

Nope, they just don't seem to! Very frustrating, especially as they could easily see by looking at the rest of the forum that it's not tolerated anywhere. Oh well, guess it's just one of those things we'll have to live with.

Tell you what though, the 'Ban User' button is very enjoyable to press in these cases

6. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 10y

On some posts, I have seen SPAM! next to it in the title when browsing the forums. If you suspect or know something as being SPAM, can anyone just click something that marks it as SPAM! or is an admin person the only one who is able to mark it like that?

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

Quoting aharrold45

On some posts, I have seen SPAM! next to it in the title when browsing the forums. If you suspect or know something as being SPAM, can anyone just click something that marks it as SPAM! or is an admin person the only one who is able to mark it like that?

Respected members and Travel Guru's (and possibly also full members - can't remember for sure) have an extra button when they are browsing the forum which allows them to flag a post as potential spam. This alerts the moderators and admin's to the post in case they have missed it and allows them to take action quickly (delete or edit the post). It's quite handy as it means there are at least 30 odd members at any time that keep an eye out for potential breaches. It also means the post is immediately removed from the public eye (handy with really offensive posts). And as it is restricted to members that have a certain 'title', those members have been around the forums a lot and will therefore also know better what constitutes spam in our eyes (sometimes the line can be quite fine).

Hope that explains it a little!

Sam
ps. generally, those posts that are flagged are edited/deleted a few times a day so they never stay in the forum for very long with the red 'SPAM?' next to their title.

8. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 10y

How do you get one of the other different titles (instead of budding member)? Is it related to the amount of posts you make, or how long you have been a member?

This persons post was pretty easy to tell it was Spam just by reading the way the post was worded. Like the part that says "Anyone had toured with them?". Someone who was an Australian citizen like it says when clicking further in to his profile, would not word the part of the question "anyone had toured" that poorly. It sounded like some person who doesn't speak english as a first language. Most of the posts that are spam when it is related to an Asian country, are able to be picked up by looking where they are from, and then reading the wording of the post carefully. You can kind of pick up an accent just from the wording when it is an Asian business advertising claiming they are from Australia, US, UK etc. I see it all the time on another travel forum which I have been a member of for years. I only discovered this one a few weeks back.

9. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

Quoting aharrold45

How do you get one of the other different titles (instead of budding member)? Is it related to the amount of posts you make, or how long you have been a member?

Yes, this is dependent on post counts among other things like total pics uploaded, travel blog entries etc.. Featured posts, featured photography and featured blog entries also weigh in heavily as they have been assessed by a moderator or admin personally. There can only be a limited number of travel gurus for example, so if someone doesn't post for a while, someone else could take over. All in all, it's a pretty good representation of a members relatively current activity within the site.

We'll probably be doing a revamp of this 'ranking' as we currently have it in the next few months as part of our next big development. Now we just have to push through the big one we're working on now :)